Magharebia (Washington DC)

3 December 2012

Libya Mourns Mansour Al-Kikhia

Libyan dissident Mansour al-Kikhia will be buried in Benghazi on Monday (December 3rd), nearly two decades after his disappearance in Cairo, Libya Herald reported. The former diplomat's body was found buried in Tripoli last April but remained unidentified until November 15th.

On Sunday, Libyan leaders gathered at a memorial service held Sunday in Tripoli, General National Congress president Mohamed Magarief and Prime Minister Ali Zidan hailed al-Kikhia as a "martyr for liberty", AFP reported.

"The tyrannical [Kadhafi] regime kidnapped the dissident Mansour Rashid al-Kikhia, killed him, hid his body and did not bury it, showing that the regime was more afraid of him dead than alive," a Libyan foreign ministry statement said.

Al-Kikhia served as foreign minister and United Nations ambassador under the Kadhafi regime before joining the ranks of the opposition in 1980.

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